Last week, we took a look at the steps needed to connect your Wii to the Internet using your home’s wireless network. Since not everyone has a wireless setup, this week we’ll discuss how to get your Wii online using a high-speed wired connection.
Before getting started, there is some bad news to get out of the way. In order to use a wired connection, you will need to purchase an additional peripheral called the Wii Lan Adapter. The product is $24.99 and can be purchased at most retailers that sell the Wii, or you can buy it directly from Nintendo here.
The good news is that once you have the Wii LAN Adapter, getting your Wii online is a fairly straightforward process. Here are the steps to follow.
1. Connect an Ethernet cable from your router or cable modem to the back of the Wii LAN Adapter. See photograph below.
2. Make sure the Wii is turned off.
3. Insert the Wii LAN Adapter into either one of the USB ports on the back of the Wii. See photograph below.
4. Turn the Wii on.
5. Click the Wii Options button in the bottom left corner of the screen.
6. You’ll then be presented with the Data Management option or the Wii Settings Option. Select the Wii Settings button that looks like this:
7. Once you have clicked the Wii Settings button, you will see there are several settings that are spread out over three screens. The option we want, labeled “Internet” is on the second screen, so the next step is to click the right arrow on the far right side of the screen. This will take us from the first to the second screen of settings.
On this second page, you will see the following options: Parental Controls, Sensor Bar, Internet , and WiiConnect24. The screen should look like this:
Click on Internet button, which is indicated by the red arrow in the screen shot above.
8. You will then see three boxes labeled Connection 1, Connection 2, and Connection 3. If you have never attempted to go online with your Wii, all three boxes will also have the word “None” in them. Select the box labeled Connection 1.
9. The Wii will then ask you if you want a wireless or a wired connection. Select wired.
10. Click OK in the bottom right corner of the screen to allow the Wii to initiate a connection test.
And, that’s all there is to it! Once you are up and running, my first recommendation is to explore the Wii Shop Channel. Here, you will find access to a free version of the Opera web browser, which will allow you to surf the Internet on your television. You will also find a wealth of downloadable games, but more on that another day!